Saturday, November 14, 2020, Martin Stadium, Pullman, Washington, 7 p.m. ET
Ducks at Cougars Betting Preview: Ducks (-10.5), Cougars (+10.5)
Oregon Ducks Betting Preview
The No. 11 Ducks (1-0, 1-0 Pac-12) broke in a new quarterback in their opening 35-14 win over Stanford last week as sophomore Tyler Shough completed 17 of 26 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 85 yards and a score.
“Some of it’s by decision, some of it’s just seeing the play break down and doing what I can,” Shough said of his 11 rushes.
Teammate CJ Verdell, the conference’s top returning rusher after gaining 1,220 yards last season, ran for 105 yards and a touchdown.
“In general, for having not played a football game in 311 days, really pleased with the result,” Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said.
The Cougars also broke in a new quarterback. True freshman Jayden de Laura passed for two touchdown and ran for another to earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors.
He certainly has the attention of Ducks coach Mario Cristobal.
“The first thing that has to be stated is he’s a phenomenal player,” Cristobal said. “Does not look like a freshman at all. The big plays he generated, the plays that he kept alive, the way that he had complete command of the offense is impressive. Extremely impressive …”
The Ducks’ Verdell had more than 300 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns against the Cougars last year. Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns against the Cougars last week.
Houston Cougars Betting Preview
Coach Nick Rolovich got a win in his Washington State debut as the Cougars (1-0, 1-0 Pac-10) opened with a 38-28 victory against Oregon State.
Also in his debut, de Laura completed 18 of 33 passes for 227 yards and rushed for 43 yards.
“The good thing about Jayden is, he was comfortable when he got off the plane,” Rolovich said. “And this moment wasn’t too big for him. He loves football, he loves winning, he loves playing and he wants to get better.”
Deon McIntosh added 147 yards rushing and a touchdown as the Cougars amassed 456 total yards. It was McIntosh’s first 100-yard game since 2017 when he was at Notre Dame.
McIntosh filled in capably for running back Max Borghi, a first-team preseason all-conference selection. Borghi reportedly hurt his back in practice last week and didn’t play against the Beavers. Rolovich said Monday there he had no update to report on Borghi.
Ducks at Cougars Betting Pick for November 14, 2020
The Ducks snapped a four-game losing streak in the series with their 37-35 win in Eugene last year on a field goal as time ran out. Both quarterbacks in that game (Anthony Gordon of Washington State and Justin Herbert of Oregon) are gone, but Verdell is back for the Ducks. He rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns against the Cougars in the 2019 meeting.
Ducks at Cougars Betting Pick:
Ducks 42, Cougars 17
Ducks at Cougars Best Bet for November 14, 2020
Both teams scored in the 30s in their respective openers last week with Oregon beating Stanford 35-14 and Washington State handling Oregon State 38-28.
With Mike Leach and his Air Raid offense now at Mississippi State, the Cougars rushed for more yards (229) than they passed for (227) while the Ducks also were balanced with 200 rushing yards and 216 passing.
Ducks at Cougars Best Bet: OVER 57.5